Friday, December 8 - Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge / Reauthorize CHIP / Defend the Clean Water Rule /

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge

  • Action 2: Tell Congress to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • Action 3: Defend the EPA’s Clean Water Rule

 

Tools You Can Use

Action 1: Call on Senators to Take (and Keep!) the Dreamer Pledge

Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. And many Democrats voted to pass a continuing budget resolution without demanding a clean Dream Act -- including Senators Durbin and Duckworth.

Despite having previously taken the Dreamer Pledge and being a cosponsor of the Dream Act, Senator Durbin voted for the continuing resolution. The pledge states that Senators will only commit to vote on a “continuing resolution” that has the Dream Act attached. Call Senator Durbin and ask him to follow through on the Pledge, and continue to tell Duckworth: a vote on a continuing resolution without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers -- no Dream, no CR!

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. Because Trump terminated DACA, over 10,000 Dreamers are estimated to have already lost their protections, and nearly 1,000 more will lose DACA each week and become vulnerable to Trump’s deportation force. For those young people and their families, this is an emergency, and we must take this opportunity to protect them by passing a clean Dream Act. I'm very disappointed in the Senator's decision to vote for the continuing resolution yesterday. Any CR without the Dream Act is a vote to deport Dreamers. 

Action 2: Tell Congress to Reauthorize CHIP Immediately

The Children’s Health Insurance Program ensures nearly 9 million children have health insurance. CHIP is a federal-state partnership where the federal government provides most—or in some cases, all—of the funding necessary to cover uninsured children. Federal funding was increased as part of the Affordable Care Act.

No one thought Congress would let CHIP funding expire on September 30, but that’s exactly what they did. Republicans invested so much time and energy in making one last push to pass TrumpCare, that they couldn’t find time to reauthorize a program giving 9 million kids health insurance. Let that sink in.

If Congress doesn’t act soon, states will start running out of money. Some states have already stopped taking new applications for CHIP. Call your members of Congress and demand that they reauthorize this vital program immediately to ensure no child loses their healthcare.

Senator Duckworth | DC:  202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Senator Durbin | DC:  202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hello! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask that the [MoC] support reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program immediately. Our state may run out of funding soon, so it’s really important that Congress do this immediately. I appreciate [MoC]’s support.

 

Action 3: Defend the EPA’s Clean Water Rule

As seen in Flint, protection of drinking water is critical. Drinking water supplies for millions of Americans are at risk. Low income communities and communities of color are already disproportionately impacted by contaminated water, which can cause a variety of health problems, especially for children. Repealing the Clean Water Rule could put many of these communities at further risk.

Scott Pruitt's EPA is proposing to delay the implementation of the Clean Water Rule by two years. Delay (and, ultimately, rollback) of this rule puts drinking water at risk for 117 million Americans. Small and rural communities, who rely on private wells or whose water systems lack the resources to deal with polluted sources, may be hit the hardest by the proposed roll back.

Submit a public comment to the EPA today to tell them to implement the Clean Water Rule.

Script: A responsible EPA would implement the Clean Water Rule as soon as it’s authorized to do so, in order to protect streams, wetlands, and drinking water supplies across the country.
This latest move to delay implementation continues the confusion and uncertainty for the regulated community that issuance of the Rule was intended to address.

The original rule was based on hundreds of stakeholder meetings and 1200 peer-reviewed academic articles. Any repeal must be based on a similarly stringent, science-based approach-- and the science tells us we must protect upstream water sources in order to protect our waterways, particularly for low-income communities.

 



 

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Emily Wachowiak